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FDA warns 9 hand sanitizers manufactured in Mexico could be deadly

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HARLINGEN, Texas (KVEO) — The U.S. Department of Food and Drug Administration is issuing a warning against 9 hand sanitizers manufactured in Mexico.

According to the agency the sanitizers contain methanol which can be deadly if ingested or absorbed through the skin. The products are manufactured by the ESK Biochem SA De CV in Mexico.

The FDA says it tested samples of Lavar Gel and Clean Care No Germ and both contained methanol.

In a statement, the agency says methanol is not an acceptable ingredient for hand sanitizers, and should not be used because of its toxic effect.

Substantial exposure can result in nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizure, coma, permanent damage to the nervous system or even death.

If exposed you should contact 911 immediately and seek emergency care.

The FDA has listed the following nine products manufactured by Esk Biochem:

  • All-Clean Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-002-01)
  • Esk Biochem Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-007-01)
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-008-04)
  • Lavar 70 Gel Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-006-01)
  • The Good Gel Antibacterial Gel Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-010-10)
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-005-03)
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-009-01)
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-003-01)
  • Saniderm Advanced Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-001-01)

The agency says if you have these products you should throw them out immediately, warning not to flush or pour them down the drain, but dispose of them in hazardous waste containers.

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